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Journal paper
篇名Philological Unity: A Predicament of the Research of the Doctrine of the Mean in Japan (1867-2010)
作者姓名MASAYUKI Sato
頁碼43-86
Abstract  The present article provides a review on Japanese research of the Doctrine of the Mean (Zhongyong中庸) for the past 140 years(1867-2010), and attempts to shed some light on characteristics of Japanese research on Chinese thought by analyzing problematique, research methods, and main accomplishments and problems. Since Meiji Restration in 1868, with comparative approach, Japanese modern research has attempted to discover a systematic metaphysical aspect in the Thought of the Doctrine of the Mean. In doing so, Japanese scholars have aimed to construct its philosophy. As philological and area studies (or Sinological method) prevailed, another group of scholars viewed the text as a combination of older and newer parts, or conceived it of as a merely mixture of unrelated statements and immature ideas. Based upon such an understanding of the Japanese context of the research on the Doctrine of the Mean, the presnt author interprets this situation as a tension or predicament inherent in the study of this text, namely, a tension between a deconstruction of philological unity and construction of philosophical integrity.
KeywordThe Doctrine of the Mean, Zisi(子思), Japanese Sinology, Chinese studies in Japan, the idea of sincerity (cheng 誠)
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